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Detainee Charged with Threatening Assistant Public Defender

A Cook County Jail detainee has been charged with threatening his public defender, Sheriff Thomas J. Dart announced today.

According to a Sheriff’s Office investigation, at approximately the 11 a.m. on Jan. 10, detainee Michael Roberson, 34, threatened his assistant public defender with physical harm in a courtroom lockup at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building. The public defender was not injured.

Roberson, who was booked originally in 2013 on an aggravated criminal sexual assault case, was charged today with threatening a public official, a Class 3 felony.

Sheriff Dart reminds the public that the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty by the government in a court of law.


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